“There’s a snake in our yard!”
There are 32 species of snakes native to Tennessee, so eventually you will probably see one of these in your yard. Snakes will always follow their food source, such as rats, mice, lizards, frogs, etc. If you have a rodent problem, sooner or later you will have a snake problem.
However, if your yard is neat with trees trimmed and bushes cut back with no signs of vermin, the snake you see is very likely searching for a food source. If he finds nothing in your yard, he will simply cross your property and keep looking. After all, this is how snakes look for food. At this time, there are no snake Ubers in the Memphis area!
There are certain ways to tell if a snake is venomous or non-venomous.
A venomous snake will have a triangular head, a more pointed snout, and slit pupils like the eyes of a cat.
A non-venomous snake will have a rounded heat, a blunt snout, and round pupils.
Keep in mind that a snake, dangerous or not, is not out to harm you. Even venomous snakes pose no danger if you leave them alone and keep an eye on your pets.
October and November is baby copperhead season. Baby copperheads are small, blend very well into fallen foliage and they like to hang out in damp places like firewood, piles of leaves, and even flowerpots.
Baby copperheads are easily recognizable by the bright yellow or green tips on their tails. These snakes will have this mark for the first year of their lives. Their coloring is typically light brown or reddish, and some younger snakes can look dark gray. The babies are seven to eight inches long, and can be mistaken for non venomous water snakes, rat snakes and corn snakes until you look closely at the tail.
Snakes wander into homes in search of prey and nesting sites or find themselves inside purely by accident. Because snakes cannot chew or dig, they must gain entrance through small holes and cracks. Depending on their size, snakes may even be able to slither under gaps in doors.
Remember, snakes do not usually live in colonies, so you could have a solitary snake. Just because you saw one, there is no need to panic and think that you have a house infested with snakes. If you have found a snake skin in your home, do not be alarmed. Snakes are extremely vulnerable to predators while shedding their skin, will look for a quiet place where they feel safe. Once they shed their skin, they will move on.
Also called water moccasins, these are short, thick-bodied snakes with bands of brown and darker brown, and are usually found near a water source. The most well known method of recognizing a cottonmouth is by the cotton-white interior of its mouth. But not too many people would get that close!
The Copperhead has dark brown “Hershey Kiss” markings over a lighter brown background. These also look like hourglass or dumbells depending on the angle. The Copperhead is named for it’s reddish head. This is the most likely of these snakes to bite, although their venom is the most mild.
If you’ve ever seen a Western, then you are familiar with the frightening sound of an upset rattlesnake. The rattle is composed of a series of interlocking scales, which the snake adds to each time it molts. These snakes can only strike from a coiled position, but just one direct hit is all it takes to make a believer out of you.
THE CORAL SNAKE
Fortunately, we don’t see many coral snakes around the Memphis area. Scarlet King Snakes can be mistaken for coral snakes, but the way to tell for sure is by the nose. If the nose is black, its a deadly Coral Snake. Just remember: “If Red Touches Yellow, You’re A Dead Fellow. If Red Touches Black, You’re Okay, Jack.”
We also perform wildlife trapping in Memphis TN for rats, mice, squirrels, skunks,
moles, opossums, raccoons, armadillos, and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are happy to help!